La Velle E. Neal III has covered baseball for the Star Tribune since 1998 (the post-Knoblauch era). Born and raised in Chicago, he grew up following the White Sox and hating the Cubs. He attended both the University of Illinois and Illinois-Chicago and began his baseball writing career at the Kansas City Star. He can be heard occasionally on KFAN radio, lending his great baseball mind to Paul Allen and other hosts. Mark Rosen borrows him occasionally for WCCO-TV.

Phil Miller covered three seasons of Twins baseball, but that was at a different ballpark for a different newspaper. Now Miller returns to the baseball beat after joining the Star Tribune as the Gopher football writer in 2010, and he won't miss the dingy dome for a minute. In addition to the Twins and Gophers, Miller covered the Utah Jazz and the NBA for six years at The Salt Lake Tribune.

Twins-Tigers: No Mauer...but Miggy is playing

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: August 21, 2013 - 4:13 PM

We know that Joe Mauer is out of tonight's lineup due to concussion concerns. But what about Miggy?

Detroit star Miguel Cabrera aggravated an injury while swinging the bat in the ninth inning on Tuesday. So Detroit baseball fans are wound up all over sports talk radio today about him needing time off. We haven't seen the lineups yet, but should know soon.

Anibal Sanchez threw a one-hitter at the Twins on May 24, that hit coming off Mauer's bat in the ninth inning. With Mauer out, is Sanchez licking his chops as he looks over the Twins' batting order.

I'll be back later with lineups and nuggets.


Miggy is the man. In the lineup. Batting third. Playing third.

Joe Mauer, back at the team hotel as he deals with concussion symptoms,  texted Twins manager Ron Gardenhire to let him know he was O.K. Mauer will be tested tomorrow and will be cleared to fly home to the Twin Cities if all goes well. He will not travel with the team to Cleveland.

Samuel Deduno threw in the bullpen on Wednesday and said everything went well. Twins coaches and trainers monitored the session and agreed. So Deduno will pitch on Friday in Cleveland.

Now all the Twins need is to come up with a starter for Saturday's game. They hope to have someone identified by Friday.

Josh Willingham is getting the day off.

Drove past the Motor City Casino on the way to Comerica Park. I had no idea that it was built two blocks down the street from Cass Tech High School. Is it just  me, or is this bad city planning? Detroit is struggling financially, but the leaders can do better than that. The only reason I noticed this was that members of the football team were walking home from practice and were walking right next to the casino.

Twins (55-69)

1. Brian Dozier, 2B
2. Chris Herrmann, RF
3. Justin Morneau, DH
4. Ryan Doumit, C
5. Chris Colabello, 1B
6. Trevor Plouffe, 3B
7. Clete Thomas, CF
8. Wilkin Ramirez, LF
9. Pedro Florimon, SS

Pitching: Kevin Correia, RHP

Tigers (73-52)

1. Austin Jackson, CF
2. Torii, RF
3. Miggy, 3B
4. Prince, 1B
5. V-Mart, DH
6. Andy Dirks, LF
7. Omar Infante, 2B
8. Jose Iglesias, SS
9. Bryan Holaday, C

Pitching: Anibal Sanchez, RHP


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